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2018 - 2020 Husqvarna Vitpilen 701

2018 - 2020 Husqvarna Vitpilen 701

It’s got that funky contemporary style and a race-tastic vibe

The Vitpilen 701 joined its diminutive 401 sibling to double the number of Black Arrows on offer last year from Husqvarna. Like its little brother, the 701 packs all of its cubeage into a single cylinder to the tune of 692.7 cc with a respectable 75 horsepower on tap and ready to go. Contemporary style and a race-tastic vibe give the 701 even more of what makes the 401 so popular, and it’s clearly targeting mature/experienced buyers while simultaneously trying to appeal to the Millennial buyers who, thus far, have largely shunned the two-wheeled lifestyle but seem to be crazy about the ’Pilen range.

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2018 - 2019 Husqvarna Vitpilen 401

2018 - 2019 Husqvarna Vitpilen 401

As It Turns Out, Husky Has Its Own 390 Duke

Husqvarna is known for a lot of things — dirtbikes, chainsaws and such — but the marque wants to add “entry-level streetbikes” to the list with the Vitpilen 401. The so-called ’White Arrow’ brings a unique interpretation of the classic café racer look to the table in an effort to draw in the newest generation of riders without actually being a café at all; more of a roadster, really. A 375 cc thumper packs 43 ponies with a user-friendly delivery that should fit well and feel fairly non-threatening to the apparently bike-shy Millennials with a catalyst in the exhaust to make the bike meet the emissions expectations of same. Exciting, fresh and new, the Vitpilen range (and its sibling the Svartpilen) looks to be coming out of the hole strong in an otherwise sluggish market, evidenced by the fact that they were already oversold in the U.S. market last year before they even hit our shores.

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